The factors related to creating more affordable homes — supply, credit, land and communities — are interconnected, and policies that address challenges related to affordability impact multiple elements.
The Cost of Home campaign is built on four areas of policy focus detailed in our Cost of Home policy platform.
Four years into the campaign, local Habitat organizations have achieved 300+ policy changes enabling 6.6 million people to have greater access to affordable homes. Read the Urban Institute’s assessment of these policy successes.
The Cost of Home campaign is increasing home affordability
by influencing policies focused on:
Increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes
We support policies that increase the production, preservation and accessibility of homes that are affordable for lower-income households.
Optimizing land use for affordable homes
We support policies related to land acquisition, use and development that bring down the cost of building, promote fair housing, and fully reflect community needs.
Cost of Home federal policy agenda
The Cost of Home federal policy agenda outlines 10 high-impact federal policy solutions that Habitat is collectively advocating for to significantly improve access to safe and affordable homes for 10 million individuals.
Learn more about opportunity vouchers and federal incentives to accelerate state and local zoning reforms — two of the top priorities in the campaign’s federal policy agenda.
We urge policymakers from the local, state and federal levels to support comprehensive packages that address the increasing cost of housing across the rental and homeownership spectrum to meet the needs of low-income individuals and families nationwide.
Habitat organizations implementing Cost of Home
Habitat affiliates across the U.S. are working in partnership with coalitions and policymakers to influence policies to increase home affordability.
Habitat state organizations are implementing the Cost of Home campaign to influence state-level housing policy.
Habitat for Humanity of Kansas